A second Wits Vuvuzela journalist has become a victim of crime in just as many days.
Last night, a journalist was involved in an attempted hijacking and robbed of her wallet and jewellery at gunpoint. The incident happened just twenty four hours after another journalist was mugged on Wits University campus after the Bidvest Wits vs Orlando Pirates match.
The attempted hijacking took place on Annet Road near the University of Johannesburg’s Bunting Road Campus around midnight.
The student journalist, who has asked not to be named, stopped at a traffic light and was approached by a man, who came out of nowhere.
The man reached into his pocket and pulled out a gun, demanding for her to get out of her vehicle. Before she got out, she managed to throw her cellphone onto the floor of her vehicle and out of sight.
The journalist says she could not drive off as her vehicle was stuck between two cars at the red traffic light.[pullquote] The man reached into his pocket and pulled out a gun, demanding her to get out of her vehicle. [/pullquote]
Once out of her vehicle, the hijacker, acting alone, took her wallet with cash and driver’s licence and a ring of sentimental value.
A man in the vehicle next to her got out and asked what was happening. This scared the aggressor who then fled on foot.
The student was driving home after a late night working on campus.
With an increasing rate of crime in and around the area, students are encouraged to be vigilant at all times. Ensure your vehicle is locked and keep valuables out of sight.
Wits Campus Control can be reached on 011 717 4444 or 011 717 6666 or 011 717 1801.
- Wits Vuvuzela: Vuvuzela journalist mugged at Wits, 30 April 2014.
- Wits Vuvuzela: Three attempted kidnappings outside Wits University in last two weeks, April 2014.